The DfE have recently reinforced the need to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The government set out its definition British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and the values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Ferring these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School and Class Councils, Green and Friendlies (our ECO group), Junior Road Safety Officers, Peer Mediators and Play Assistant Leaders. The elections of members of the School Council are based on class votes and elections were also held for the May King and Queen and House Captains. Children recommend each other for Golden Awards based on the Christian Value that is the focus in worship for that half term. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the children vote on in their class. Year 6 took part in a mock election.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our ‘behaviour ladder’ system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of rules and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed class or school behaviour rules and discussed with the children to ensure they have understood why it is wrong. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. Rewards are in the form of stickers, house points, certificates and metal merit badges. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas but also behaviour and general adherence to school rules.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHCE lessons. Children are given the freedom to make choices e.g. signing up for extra-curricular activities, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and how to present their work and deciding what to perform to parents at class assemblies.
As a Church of England school, our ethos is based around core Christian values including respect, responsibility, justice, compassion and forgiveness. This is supported by our values led collective worship, entrance display and classroom displays, with a different value every half term. Year 6 Sports Ambassadors, supported by the P.E. subject leader and partnership secondary school, organise and run competitive sporting events for the school. Year 6 Play Assistant Leaders perform a similar role at lunch time, supported by the midday supervisors, organising and running lunchtime activities and games. Sports Ambassadors and Play Assistant Leaders are good leaders and excellent role models demonstrating respect and fair play across the school. Currently some Year 5 children are undertaking Peer Mediation training ready to carry out these duties in Year 6. Our SIAMS inspection confirms this is an outstanding aspect of life at Ferring C.E. Primary School. Year 6 took part in a mock election.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship times and discussions involving prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in R.E. and PSHCE. We aim to invite members of different faiths or religions from within and or outside our school community, to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. This will also involve children having the opportunity to visit different places of worship during their time at Ferring. We are currently pursuing partnerships with schools in other localities including nationally and internationally, through which we are aiming to give our pupils the opportunity to learn about other cultures. We use opportunities such as The Olympics, World Cups and Commonwealth Day to study other countries. Every class is named after a different country in order to teach children about similarities and differences of other cultures. We recently were awarded International Schools status for the second time from September 2014 to August 2017.
Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth
On Thursday 21st May 2016 we celebrated The Queen's 90th birthday with a traditional rendition of The National Anthem followed by a rousing performance of Happy Birthday. You can see our tribute below.